If this Baptist association of churches was a Winter Olympic event, it would be bobsledding. The runners count to get in sync, run flat out, and jump in together. They cross a point in which an electronic eye starts a timer. Most of the other Olympic events start from a standstill.
Like bobsledding athletes, our pastors enter the New Year on the move!
Two years ago, even in the interview process, I heard how this association needed to work through pastors to help them become sending and fully missional churches. And we are now beginning a new day of associational missions to fulfill that challenge.
The 2018 Winter Olympics are scheduled February 9-25 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. During January and February, world-class athletes will gather to practice and compete. And during January and February here in the Cincinnati Area, CABA is launching new ways to help pastors address lostness. In the last edition of Focus, we listed nearly 30 people that are active in serving CABA churches. What a joy to see the fruit of their godly labor begin to grow!
CABA’s bobsled is on the rails and we’re moving. Full-time, bivo, church planters alike. We’re not starting from a standstill, but entering the race against lostness at a good clip. The clock is ticking! Jesus promised to return and we don’t know the hour. The Lord has used the past to ready us for this day. This time.
And we’re off – helping our pastors address lostness through coaching, networking, and planting churches. Together.
Mark Snowden is the Director of Missional Leadership (DOM) for the Cincinnati Area Baptist Association (CABA).